The French Office for Immigration and Integration created in 2009 brings together :
All the competences of the Agence Nationale de l’Accueil des Étrangers et des Migrations (ANAEM) (except the employment of French nationals abroad);
Part of the missions of the Agency for Social Cohesion and Equal Opportunities (ACSE). The State entrusts the OFII with the integration of migrants during the first 5 years of their stay in France. The OFII is now the sole operator for this mission.
- Family immigration
- The reception and integration of migrants
- Assistance with return and insertion
- The support of asylum seekers
- Examining “Sick foreigners” applications since 2016
- Professional immigration
The OFII receives applications for family reunification. It controls the sheltering and resources of the applicant, if the town council does not do it.
The Prefect takes the decision regarding the application for family reunification. Then the Consulate issues the visa.
After these steps, the OFII helps the applicant for family reunification prepare the arrival and settling of his family. From to country of origin to the arrival in France, this mission is accomplished by the reception and integration process of the OFII.
The reception and integration of migrants
The law related to foreigners’ rights in France, promulgated on 7 March, 2016, ratifies a major reform of the reception and integration policy if foreigners allowed for the first time to reside in France (newly arrived foreigners), including refugees.
The foreigner allowed for the first time to reside in France or who entered France legally aged between sixteen and eighteen and who wished to live permanently in France is committed to a personalised republican integration process. They agree to sign a Republican Integration Contract (CIR) with the State whereby they commit to undergoing the training ordered during a personal and personalised interview with an OFII agent.
This approach is part of the republican integration process.
Assistance with return and insertion
- The OFII is tasked with the implementation of assistance with return of foreigners in illegal situation who wish to return to their country. Its task is also to support those who have no resources and wish to benefit from humanitarian assistance with return.
- The OFII puts in place resettling assistance programmes adapted to the needs of migrants who wish to create an economic activity in their country of residence. It offers a financial and technical support.
The support of asylum seekers
The OFII is present at the reception single desks (GUDA) for asylum seekers. It assesses the vulnerability of applicants, manages the housing network and pays the allowance (ADA) depending on the profile.
- The OFII also manages the first reception centres for asylum seekers (SPADA). It also collaborates with external operators within the framework of a government contract. The applicants register themselves at the single desk for asylum seekers (GUDA). The OFII then opens their rights for material reception conditions (CMA).
- The OFII coordinates the National Reception Process (DNA) of asylum seekers and refugees. The OFII manages part of the entries of applicants in:
– Reception Centres for Asylum seekers (CADA)
– Temporary accommodation centres for refugees (CPH)
– Other accommodation facilities under the DNA.
Examining “Sick foreigners” applications since 2016
The medical service of the OFII examines applications for residence permits for medical reasons.
In order to hire a foreigner, an employer has to prove that they were unable to recruit an employee with the required skills in France. The OFII will then support him with the introduction process of the foreign employee.
The OFII works alongside all the institutional actors in France and abroad. It collaborates with prefectures as well as diplomatic and consular posts. This makes it possible to provide the best possible service to migrants and employers of foreigners in regular situation.